Despite concerns about large groups of people being together in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, officials in Arizona say they will not be postponing the state’s presidential primary scheduled for Tuesday.
“Our election leaders have been working overtime to ensure that voting is safe,” Gov. Doug Ducey said at a news conference Monday.
Only Democrats will be going to the polls in Arizona on Tuesday. The Arizona Republican Party decided last year not to hold a primary, instead planning to give all of the state’s 2020 delegates to President Donald Trump without opposition.
Although Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has the authority to postpone the election in an emergency, she said, “We have no guarantee that there will be a safer time to hold this election in the near future.”
Hobbs said the decision is also in the best interests of the workers who are needed to tabulate the results.
“There are thousands of workers in communities across the state that must continue the job of counting the ballots in the days following the election,” Hobbs said. “The longer we wait, the more difficult and dangerous this will become.”